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deceased

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

no longer living
  • the recently deceased tenant was found by a concerned neighbor

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deceased

noun

Synonyms of deceased (Entry 2 of 3)

as in decedent

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deceased

verb
past tense of decease

Synonyms & Antonyms of deceased (Entry 3 of 3)

to stop living
  • no one knows what happened to the family fortune after the spinster deceased

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How does the adjective deceased contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of deceased are dead, defunct, departed, and late. While all these words mean "devoid of life," deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use.

the estate of the deceased

Where would dead be a reasonable alternative to deceased?

While in some cases nearly identical to deceased, dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (such as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life.

a dead, listless performance

When is defunct a more appropriate choice than deceased?

The meanings of defunct and deceased largely overlap; however, defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation.

a defunct television series

When could departed be used to replace deceased?

The words departed and deceased can be used in similar contexts, but departed is used usually as a euphemism.

our departed sister

When is it sensible to use late instead of deceased?

Although the words late and deceased have much in common, late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status.

the company's late president

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The first known use of deceased was in the 15th century

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“Deceased.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/deceased. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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